Sixers’ rookie Ben Simmons finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey | Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
As we head closer to the start of training camp later this month season previews are starting to roll in, with a sense of optimism surrounding the Sixers that hasn’t been present in previous seasons.
That optimism is, of course, largely centered around the excitement generated by the expected debuts of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric. That sense of optimism isn’t necessarily shared by fellow members of the rookie class, however, as Simmons came in just third in Rookie of the Year voting in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey.
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Penn State will honor Joe Paterno before its home game against Temple this season, according to a press release about the season’s promotional schedule.
On the September 17th game against the Owls at Beaver Stadium, Penn State will hold an pregame ceremony “[c]ommemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” per the release. Per Onward State, which first reported the news, Penn State has not had any in-stadium mention of Paterno since his last game on October 29th, 2011 (besides his appearance in a few “hype” videos).
Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and died on January 22nd, 2012. His former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012. Read more »
The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade
This is Philadelphia sports, and things can’t be easy. So of course it’s happening this way: The NFL Draft is returning to Philadelphia next year for the first time since 1961. The Eagles do not have a first-round pick.
The draft will begin on April 27th and run through the 29th, and will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The NFL said draftees will walk up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when they are selected. Just like Rocky!
“How cool is this!” Ron Jaworski said to the assembled media at City Hall today. “About a post-pattern from here, eighty years ago the first NFL Draft was held. And guess what: We’re back, Philadelphia!”
The NFL Draft was held in New York between 1965 and 2014, but a few years ago the NFL decided to make it more of a fan-focused experience. It was held in Chicago’s Grant Park and Auditorium Theatre the past two years. Read more »
The Sixers have signed former N.C. State guard Anthony “Cat” Barber | Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Carl Landry and Tibor Pleiss, according to a press release sent out by the team.
Landry, acquired last summer as part of the trade with the Sacramento Kings, appeared in 36 games for the Sixers, averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in just under 16 minutes of action. He has one year and $6.5 million left on his salary, all of which is guaranteed.
Pleiss was acquired by the Sixers in last week’s trade with the Utah Jazz in which the 76ers sent Kendall Marshall to Utah in exchange for Pleiss and a pair of 2017 second-round draft picks. Pleiss appeared in 12 games for the Jazz, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebound per game.
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Flyers captain Claude Giroux stands in front of a series of game-worn Flyers jerseys over the years | Photo: Dan McQuade
The media gathered at the Philly From the Top observation deck, on the 57th floor of One Liberty. The team at MeiGray Group had set up a dozen game-worn jerseys from the 1960s to the present for display. The giant Benjamin Franklin statue at the observation deck was draped in a giant Flyers jersey.
Flyers President Paul Holmgren took to the microphone in front of a replica penalty box complete with a replica Dave Schultz. He talked about how team founder Ed Snider, before his death last spring, signed off on the new jersey design. “We went through about 10 or 12 different protypes,” Holmgren said. “Mr. Snider was heavily involved from the get-go. It was finalized in December of 2015. When Mr. Snider saw the final edition, he couldn’t have been happier and gave us his blessing to move forward.”
He brought up a Yeezy-clad Claude Giroux to try on the new jersey and show it off. This season will be the Flyers’ 50th. The new look, which the team will wear for 12 home games this season, has the Flyers’ logo trimmed in gold and other gold accenting for that 50th anniversary. Helmets worn with the jerseys will have Snider’s signature and “A Flyer Forever.” Afterward, Giroux waited to take photos and sign autographs for a long line of Flyers fans in attendance.
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The city is holding a celebration rally today for the Philadelphia Soul, who recently won the 2016 Arena Football League World Championship.
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While you were out drinking on Friday night, a Philadelphia sports team won a championship!
That’s right: As our Victor Fiorillo noted could happen last week, the Philadelphia Soul have brought a championship to this city. It’s the first title since the Philadelphia Spinners won the Major League Ultimate title last month. Wow, what a summer for Philly sports! Read more »
Sixers’ center Joel Embiid (left) reiterated yesterday that he is 100% healthy after missing the last two seasons recovering from a fractured navicular bone in his right foot. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Every week we gather up the coverage, both local and national, of your Philadelphia 76ers.
This week is highlighted by the Sixers’ annual Beach Bash held in Avalon, NJ. Why is that such a big deal? The event was headlined by Joel Embiid, who is looking to make his NBA debut later this fall after missing his first two seasons recovering from surgeries to repair a fractured navicular bone in his right foot.
The NBA does not require that teams make injured players available to the media, so Embiid hasn’t spoken on the record to the media in almost two years, and fans have little more than twitter and instagram posts to get to know a player who, despite the time missed, is still one of the most popular and talented players on the team.
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Sixers center Jahlil Okafor finished the game with , leading the Sixers over the Sacramento Kings | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The 76ers offseason is winding down, with training camp at Stockton University set to begin in a month’s time.
After winning May’s NBA draft lottery, and selecting LSU forward Ben Simmons with the #1 overall pick, the 76ers have more certainty than they’ve had at any point in the rebuild. Yet the uncertainty of the Nerlens Noel-or-Jahlil Okafor situation is still hanging over the Sixers’ head.
Sure, the Sixers will say the right things, if they need to, over being happy to have the depth that they do. About going into the season with all their big men in tow and finding minutes, and touches, to keep them all happy.
But it doesn’t take much to realize that this situation isn’t tenable long-term. Having five high lottery picks at two positions is a temporary situation, a situation which could perhaps be workable while the Sixers wait to see if Joel Embiid can remain healthy, but one which will likely need to be resolved in the not-too-distant future if Embiid can eventually be counted upon.
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The Sixers acquired Tibor Pleiss and two second-round picks for guard Kendall Marshall | Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded point guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash.
Marshall was on the second year of a four-year, $8 million contract signed last summer. All three remaining years on the contract are non-guaranteed.
With the addition of Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez in the summer, along with the surprising play of rookie point guard T.J. McConnell last year, Marshall would have been in a fight to make the opening day roster.
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